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Mandela Royal family meeting to go ahead

A Mthatha High Court dismissed Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s application for an interdict to halt the meeting.

FILE: Winnie Madikizela Mandela. picture: Pool

JOHANNESBURG - A planned family meeting at the late Nelson Mandela's house in Qunu, Eastern Cape is going ahead today after a failed court bid by Winnie Madikizela-Mandela to put a stop to it.

On Tuesday, a Mthatha High Court dismissed Madikizela-Mandela's application for an interdict, saying the executors of Madiba's will had not been included in the legal action.

She's claiming the rights to the property, saying it was ceded to her while Mandela was in prison.

The dismissal of the application for an interdict by Madikizela-Mandela paves a way for Mandela's grandson, Mandla Mandela, to host the Royal family of the AbaThembu nation today.

The meeting is set to discuss Madikizela-Mandela's claim to the property and Mandla's role as the head of the family.

Madikizela-Mandela is taking legal action, claiming the Qunu property as her own.

However according to the global icon's will, his home in Qunu and Houghton must be held by the Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela Family Trust and the Nelson Mandela Trust to be used by all members of the Mandela family, including his widow Graça Machel and her two children.

In his last will and testament, Mandela said he wanted his wife Graca Machel to have half of his belongings, but she then waived her rights to those assets.

Madikizela-Mandela previously said she should have Madiba's home in Qunu because the cattle on the property were being left to starve.